GreatMindsOnGod | October 21, 2010

Daniel Dennett is an American philosopher and cognitive scientist whose research centers on the philosophy of mind, philosophy of science and philosophy of biology, particularly as those fields relate to evolutionary biology and cognitive science. He graduated from Harvard with a B.A in philosophy, then after completing his D.Phil at the University of Oxford. He is currently the co-director of the Center for Cognitive Studies, the Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy, and a University Professor at Tufts University. Dennett is a noted atheist and secularist, a member of the Secular Coalition for America advisory board, as well as a prominent advocate of the Brights movement.

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Comment by Loop Johnny on October 26, 2010 at 2:15pm
Dan Dennet is godlike.

I agree completely with his talk.

His point on religious/cultural/ideological/technological evolution was mentioned allot by evolutionary biologists ( see Richard Dawkins on memetical evolution ) by cognitive and behavioural scientists. Memetical evolution is a form of adaption that is focused on a certain species mind that originates from it's brain and includes everything that it was created as a result of thought. Unlike biological evolution, that can adapt only on long time-spans, memetical evolution is practically the same ( ideas - organisms , natural selection picks the best one ). Nature found a 'hack' in which she could accelerate the adaptation of organisms - the brain.

Proud owner of the most magnificent instrument ever known to man. 'Known' is the key-word.

We can't always persist in ignorance. Selectively, if exposed to open information, the numerous ideas will homogenize into one that is different and adapted to the given situation.

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” - Charles Darwin
Same with ideas.

I'm a free thinker because of this pixel-portal that I see in front of me.

Reason: I see. I think. I understand.
Religion: I hear. I fear. I believe.
Comment by Christopher Stewart on October 26, 2010 at 3:32pm
Thanks for posting. Love that guy.
Comment by Jewelz on October 26, 2010 at 7:40pm
I'll have to check out his "The Domestication of Religion" speech that popped up as related when I have time. I've had a lot of conversations with people about "taming" religion instead of destroying it and haven't seen much about that topic as the opinions of raging anti-theists tend to be much more common. I love everything I've heard from Dennett. I'm now feeling almost ashamed I haven't seen or read more of his stuff! Time to remedy that!


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